26th Feb, 2021

Dead puppy 'found in bag' at alleged Solihull puppy farm

A DEAD puppy was found in the footwell of a van during an RSPCA raid on an alleged dog breeding farm in Solihull, a court has heard.

More than 30 animals were discovered at a Bickenhill farm in a stable block which was covered with urine-soaked bedding.

The district judge was told how puppies were found on the floor covered in faeces when RSPCA investigated the farm on December 22 2015 after police executed a warrant.

A dead puppy was also allegedly found in a bag stashed in the footwell of a van.

Sean Kerr, 52, and 42-year-old Louise Poulton, of Pastures Farm, Coventry Road, Solihull, deny the charges.

They are accused of seven offences of causing unnecessary suffering and five offences of failing to meet the needs of a number of dogs under the Animal Welfare Act.

The dogs found at the site included cockapoos, chihuahuas, bichon frises and pugs.

The trial of Poulton was adjourned due to ill-health.

The case is expected to last up to three weeks.

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